Friday, April 27, 2018

Air Malta pilots refuse to fly airline's latest plane... and then change their mind

Air Malta pilots were told not to operate flights on the airline's most recent aircraft on Friday afternoon, with their union unhappy that the plane did not allow pilots to delete recordings of cockpit conversations.

In a statement issued on Friday afternoon, Air Malta said that it had received notification of Airline Pilots Association's industrial action just 22 minutes before a flight meant to be operated by its 9H-AHS aircraft was due to depart. 

The "disproportionate" decision would end up costing Air Malta more than €180,000 in compensation to passengers and related charges, the airline said.

It subsequently headed to court to file a warrant of prohibitory injunction against ALPA for having breached its collective agreement. 

Hours later, the airline issued a press statement announcing that the pilots' union had "temporarily suspended the industrial action".  Air Malta said it now expected flights to operate normally. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 27-Apr-2018)